Good northern Thai food is not that easy to find in Bangkok.

But just like I love food from southern Thailand, I also love the food almost equally from northern Thailand.

So when Ying (my wife) told me she knew about a northern Thai food restaurant on the outskirts of Bangkok, I was thrilled to go immediately.

It turned out to be probably one of the best northern Thai food meals I’ve ever had in Bangkok.

Here’s what we ate:

northern thai food in Bangkok
Northern Thai food in Bangkok

Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง) – Lanna Food

First, before we get into the food, let me just say a word about the location and atmosphere of the restaurant.

Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง) is located quite a distance from central Bangkok. From my house near Bang Na, it took us about 45 minutes to get there and cost about 300 THB in a taxi.

The restaurant is located out on Ramkhamhaeng Soi 112, then within the neighborhood a bit. It’s a really nice upscale neighborhood and you’ll pass a couple lakes getting there.

Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง)
Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง)

But keep going through the neighborhood and eventually you’ll come to Sammakon Soi 16. The restaurant is right on the corner, and it feels like you’re way into the countryside.

The restaurant itself is situated in an old wooden house, open air, and surrounded by lush plants and banana trees.

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Fantastic dining area

Along with being within an old wooden house, the restaurant is also decorated with old Thai traditional antiques like plates and food utensils – many things that many Thais would remember from years ago.

Thai antiques
Antiques for sale and decoration

I believe most of the antiques on display were also for sale.

They did a really good job at decorating the restaurant, making it have an old northern Thai feel, yet not compromising the decoration of the restaurant for the delicious food – delicious food was still their priority.

Lanna cuisine
It has an outdoor feel

The menu included many of the most famous and most popular northern Thai Lanna dishes. Everything looked amazing.

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All the prepared northern Thai dishes up front

But along with the menu, most of the dishes served at the restaurant were all prepared, in curry style like northern Thai food is typically served.

So you can take a peek up at the front of the restaurant to see which dishes are available and order from up front as well.

Thai iced tea
Cha yen (ชาเย็น) – Thai iced tea

Cha yen (ชาเย็น)

As soon as my wife took her first sip of cha yen (ชาเย็น), she told me I needed to taste it because it was so good.

I don’t really care for all the Thai sweet drinks too much, but I have to admit that it was pretty good.

The tea had a nice stronger flavor than usual, and it was still sweet, but the tea came through much stronger. It was also really nice and creamy, almost like melted ice cream.

If you love Thai iced tea, don’t miss it here.

Price – 30 THB

best khao soi in Bangkok
Khao soi gai (ข้าวซอยไก่) – khao soi with chicken

Khao soi gai (ข้าวซอยไก่)

I started off with a bowl of khao soi gai (ข้าวซอยไก่), one of the standard northern Thai dishes. I do enjoy a good bowl of khao soi, but it has to be a very good version – I’m not a fan of versions of khao soi that are sweet and oily.

So I mainly wanted to try the khao soi at Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง) because I was curious how it was.

It turned out to be very good. Not the best I’ve had, which still belongs to Lampang, but overall, especially for a northern Thai restaurant (not specializing in only khao soi), it was very good.

The egg noodles were nice and al-dente, and the curry was not sweet, but nice and creamy yet not overly oily, and had a pleasant dry curry powder flavor to it.

prik pao
Roasted fried chili sauce

But what really made the bowl of khao soi gai (ข้าวซอยไก่) good for me, was the prik pao, Thai dry chilies, deep fried, then pounded into a flaky sauce.

It was incredibly good. It was nice and spicy, with a dry roasted flavor to it – and not with any sweetness – this was just harsh, spicy, and smoky.

After adding a few spoons of the prik pao to my bowl of curry noodles, it was incredibly good.

If you’re looking for a pretty good bowl of khao soi gai (ข้าวซอยไก่) in Bangkok, this is a good place to start.

Price – 55 THB

Gaeng hanglay (แกงฮังเล)

Another popular northern Thai dish is gaeng hanglay (แกงฮังเล), a pork curry.

Unlike other versions I’ve had, this one included some pineapple as an ingredient, giving it a lovely citrusy sweet and sour flavor, along with the thick flavorful gravy of the curry.

gaeng hanglay in Bangkok
Fantastic bowl of gaeng hanglay

The chunks of pork were incredibly tender, and not dried out, but moist, and just packed full of the curry. The flavor of the gaeng hanglay (แกงฮังเล) was excellent.

I guess my only complain, just a personal one, was that we ordered two bowls. And for the first bowl it was almost all meat, but the second bowl had a lot of fat chunks in it. So maybe ask for just meat if that’s what you prefer.

Price – 70 THB

ไก่นึ่ง
Gai neung (ไก่นึ่ง) – steamed curry paste chicken

Gai neung (ไก่นึ่ง)

On the menu they just called it gai neung (ไก่นึ่ง), which would be just a steamed piece of chicken, but it was far more than just that.

Thai curry chicken
Loaded with curry paste!

The chicken, which included a drumstick and thigh, was steamed and topped in a heaping amount of curry paste, spices, and herbs.

I’m guessing the curry paste was steamed on top of the chicken so the spices seeped into the meat.

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This was one of my favorite dishes of the meal

I had to actually dig for a little bit with my spoon to even get to the piece of chicken – the curry paste was literally about a centimeter thick!

The curry paste wasn’t too spicy in chili heat, but it was incredibly aromatic and flavorful. I’m not sure what was all in it, but I think I could taste turmeric, shallots, garlic, and lots of finely shaved kaffir lime leaves.

For the chicken, it was a country style chicken. Not one of the overly fat juicy ones. But it had some good texture to it, and a real chicken flavor.

This was one of my favorite dishes at Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง), and it’s something I would not miss if I eat there again.

Price – 150 THB

แอบปลา
Aeb pla (แอบปลา) – fish cooked in banana leaf

Aeb pla (แอบปลา)

When I’m in northern Thailand, one thing I can’t get enough of, and I eat it probably everyday (as long as I can find it), it aeb (แอบ), a little packet of fish or meat with curry paste grilled in a banana leaf wrapper.

If you’re interested, here’s a recipe for it.

They had a number of versions available, including aeb samong moo, made with pig brains, but I decided to go for my favorite version, aeb pla (แอบปลา), made with fish.

best northern Thai food
The fish was oily, juicy, and flavorful

Just the like rest of the food so far, it was excellent. The fish was nice and moist and oily (I think it was tilapia), and the curry paste was mild yet flavorful, and had a creamy custardy texture to it.

Along with fresh hot sticky rice, it’s hard to beat a good aeb pla (แอบปลา).

Price – 60 THB

ข้าวกั้นจิ้น
Khao kan jeen (ข้าวกั้นจิ้น)

Khao kan jeen (ข้าวกั้นจิ้น)

Another hard to find dish in Bangkok, that’s popular in northern Thailand is khao kan jeen (ข้าวกั้นจิ้น), a packet of rice and usually pig’s blood, steamed in a banana leaf packet and served with some toppings on the side.

This version I think didn’t have blood (which is why it was white in color and not dark brown), so it sort of lacked that rich component to bring the grains of rice together.

The rice was served with deep fried dry chilies, deep fried garlic, onions, cilantro and green onions, and a wedge of lime, all to be eaten with bites of the rice.

The khao kan jeen (ข้าวกั้นจิ้น), was alright, but perhaps it was just a different style than the versions I’ve had most typically in northern Thailand.

Price – 40 THB

sai ua
Sai ua (ไส้อั่ว) – northern Thai herb sausage

Sai ua (ไส้อั่ว)

Finally, yet another northern Thai food that’s a must eat when you have a northern Thai meal is sai ua (ไส้อั่ว), herb filled sausage.

The sausage at Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง) was pretty decent. It had a good ratio of meat to fat, and was fragrant with lemongrass, galangal, and some chilies.

It was also served with slices of young ginger, which were juicy and refreshing with every bite of sausage.

Price – 70 THB

total price
Our total bill for 3 came to 641 THB

Total price

There were three of us who ate, and we had all these dishes, plus 2 bowls of khao soi, and 2 bowls of gaeng hanglay, and sticky rice, and our total bill came to 641 THB.

The portions are not huge, so you can order a variety of different dishes to share with your table.

northern Thai restaurant in Bangkok
Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง) – northern Thai restaurant in Bangkok

If you have a few minutes, watch the entire video of this meal below:

(Of you can watch it on YouTube here)

Conclusion

I can’t say that Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง) has the best northern Thai food in Bangkok, but for the moment I can definitely say that it’s some of the best northern Thai food I’ve had in Bangkok.

Everything we ordered was really good, and if I hadn’t known we were in Bangkok, I could have easily been fooled (from both the food and atmosphere) into thinking we were somewhere in northern Thailand.

If you’re looking for an authentic northern Thai food restaurant in Bangkok, it’s worth the effort to make a trip out to Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง).

Man Muang Restaurant (ร้านม่านเมือง)

Address: Thanon Ramkhamhaeng 112, Sammakon Soi 16
Open hours: 9 am – 8 pm daily
Phone: 081-9133413
Prices: Portions are a little small for the price, but for the quality and flavor of authentic northern Thai food it’s well worth the price. Expect to pay around 150 – 250 THB per person for a spread of dishes like we ordered.

ที่อยู่ ถนน รามคำแหง 112 สัมมากร 1 ซอย 16 สะพานสูง กรุงเทพมหานคร 10240
โทร. 081-9133413
ปิดทุกวันอังคาร ร้านเปิด 9.00 – 20.00 น

How to get there: From central Bangkok, there’s actually no real good way to get to Man Muang (ร้านม่านเมือง), other than to take a taxi directly there. Should take about 45 minutes or so, and cost anywhere from about 200 – 300 THB.



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  • Ty

    5 months ago

    Mark, the dry roasted chilli that u put on the egg noodle…Please do a video on how to make it.

  • Boon

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    as the Northerner, all foods are my favorite that I’ve missed out for years.
    I’m willing to taste ASAP……can’t wait to go ;-)
    khob-khun-mak mak-krab.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Boon, good to hear that, hope you can eat here soon.

  • Abraham

    2 years ago

    I too live in Bang Na – have you written any articles about places to eat round this area as I’m always looking to broaden my pallet.

    Abe.

  • Anil Mahato

    2 years ago

    If I am ever going to Thailand, then its’ gonna be food and nothing else :D
    Thank you Mark for pushing me to book ticket for Thailand.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Anil, good to hear that, glad you’ll be coming to Thailand!

  • Kath

    2 years ago

    At Mark, love the T-shirt u have on ‘if it’s not hot I’m not eatin’, where did u buy it?
    Def will be try Man muang

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Kath, thank you very much. I haven’t added them to the store on EatingThaiFood.com yet because I ran out of stock in a couple sizes already, but they are on my other website: https://migrationology.com/store/ Thanks!

  • Christian Beetz

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark… Might it be a good idea to go with the khlong boat to One of the end stations and take a taxi from there ?
    I figured Out that khlong san saep Ferry has a Station called ramkhamhaeng … And i think Thats not Too far away from this beautiful restaurant ?

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Christian, yah that could definitely get you much closer. It really depends on what area of Bangkok you’re starting from. If you’re close to the Khlong Saen Saeb, could work well. Thanks!

  • Jon Conklin

    2 years ago

    50years ago, I grew up a missionary kid in Chiang Mai and went to International School of Bangkok (ISB) for high school when it was at the end of Soi 15 Sukhumvit. My younger brother, my son, and I are now traveling to Myanmar and Thailand on our annual vacation. We’ll be eating at Soei on this Thursday afternoon around 2:30. If you have a chance to join us, we’d be thrilled to buy you lunch.

    Jon Conklin

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Jon, sorry for the late response, and so glad to hear you’re visiting Thailand and Myanmar. Hope you enjoyed Soei, and thank you for your support. Have a great trip!

  • Ken

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark,

    Nice video of the restaurant on youtube. I will be making my 34th visit to Thailand (from Northern California) in late November and Man Muang looks like a nice opportunity to eat outside of Bangkok.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Ken, thank you very much for watching and reading. Great to hear you’ll be coming to Thailand again for another visit, this place is well worth the effort to get here!

  • Nick

    2 years ago

    Hi Mark, I’m going to BKK in January, and I look forward to trying this restaurant. Would there be any problem finding a taxi to take us back to the city at the conclusion of the meal? Or are there enough taxis in the area?

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Nick, good to hear from you and glad you’ll be coming to Bangkok. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding a taxi right outside the restaurant to come back, especially if you eat here for lunch or the during the middle of the day (at night might be harder). Also, if you’ll have internet on your phone, I’ve been using UberX, or you can also use GrabTaxi app, to call a taxi.